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Excellence at the National Gallery of Canada
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Date Written:  04/03/2010
Year Published:  2010  
Resource Type:  Article

Terms like #the good# and #excellent# have been used to exclude minorities and perpetuate a dominant monoculture. NGC#s current mandate of #excellence# raises serious questions about its ability to represent a culturally diverse nation.

Abstract:  On February 2, 2010, Marc Mayer, Director of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC), sparked outrage in the Canadian artistic community after appearing on CBC#s The National in a spot titled #Diaspora Art.# When asked why NGC does not pay attention to culturally diverse artists, he
replied, #We are only interested in excellence # we are blind to colour and ethnic background.#

On March 1, 2010, an open letter was forwarded to Mr. Mayer and his Board of Directors. Co-written by independent curat...
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